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Pre-Tattoo Removal Recommendations

Although tattoos have existed for a while, the tattoo removal industry is relatively new. It has quickly evolved in the past decade, making it easier than ever to remove tattoos. Owing to the latest innovations in the tattoo removal industry, tattoos are no longer permanent.

Tattoo removal may take several treatments. Depending on your tattoo’s size and type, your therapist will recommend the number of sittings you require. So, if you've decided to get your tattoo removed, there are some steps you can take to prepare for your appointment. Keep reading to learn more!

Pre-Tattoo Removal Recommendations

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your tattoo removal appointment:

1. Hydrate and Eat Before the Appointment

Before your tattoo-removal appointment, we recommend drinking plenty of fluids to hydrate yourself and having a full meal. Remember, you might experience some discomfort during the process. Most people describe tattoo removal as several rubbing bands snapping against the body.

If you are already nervous about your tattoo removal, going on an empty stomach could make you feel dizzy and dehydrated. So, having some calories in your system is best to avoid fainting.

2. Avoid the Sun

The process of tattoo removal can take months. Before and during this time frame, it is best to avoid the sun. So, if you plan on soaking in the sun and getting a tan, this is not the ideal time for it, as sun exposure can reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.

Remember to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even when it is cloudy outside. Additionally, we recommend covering the area that will be treated by wearing sun-protective clothing.

Even after treatment, you should follow this practice to protect your skin from sun damage. Tattoo removal experts often don't treat tanned skin as it increases the risk of long-term pigment changes.

Moreover, you should also protect your body from exposure to heat at least 10 to 14 days before the treatment. So, besides staying away from the sun, you must avoid saunas and hot baths.

3. Speak to You Practitioner Regarding Any Concerns

Before starting the treatment, speak to your practitioner regarding any concerns or fears you may h have. Doing so will ensure you have a comfortable tattoo removal experience. Moreover, it will also ensure you get the most out of your session.

Even though you might believe taking a painkiller would make you feel better after the procedure, it is best to avoid it because aspirin and ibuprofen might lead to bruising.

If you take Tylenol before your treatment, it could help ease your discomfort. It's one of many methods we suggest using to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. However, it is also advised to speak to your doctor before taking any medication.

It is essential you don’t mistake acetaminophen or Tylenol for any other moderate painkillers to avoid bruising.

4. Don’t Apply Any Perfumes or Lotions Before Your Treatment

Ensure you've had a shower or a bath so your skin is fresh before the treatment. Avoid applying creams, lotions, or other products to your body since doing so could adversely affect the procedure.

Moreover, shave the treated area 24 hours before the procedure. You must ensure the area is clear and clean. Skin moisturization is unnecessary before treatment since it does not affect how your skin responds to the tattoo removal procedure.

5. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes

Don't wear any fitted clothing on the day of the procedure to prevent irritation or rubbing after the treatment. Your skin is likely to feel like it’s been sunburnt after each treatment. Thus, we recommend dressing appropriately to prevent discomfort.

6. Quit Smoking

Smoking can delay the healing process. It would be great for your long-term health if you could stop permanently. If not, quitting smoking at least six weeks before and after your procedure is advised. Cigarettes not only slow down recovery but also increase the likelihood of complications like infections or scarring.

7. Ask Your Practitioner About Anesthetic Creams or Cold Compresses

Tattoo removal experts do their best to make the therapy as comfortable as possible. The preparation process involves preparing the tattooed region beforehand by applying a cold compress, numbing cream, or cooled air.

You can inquire about alternatives for reducing discomfort during treatment, especially if you struggle with pain tolerance. Applying a topical anesthetic or numbing cream an hour before your treatment can significantly reduce the pain.

Final Word

Before going for your treatment, keep in mind that tattoos applied by inexperienced artists and "scratchers" are sometimes far more challenging to remove. The reason for this is they have uneven ink dispersion under the skin. Therefore, this can significantly impact the effectiveness of your treatment.

The post-treatment period is all about relaxation and restoration. After your treatment, it may take a few weeks to recover. Your recovery period will depend on the number of sessions you have received. After treatment, you can keep the bandage in place for up to 3 days. However, be sure to change it regularly and keep the area clean.

Avoid touching the area if the tattoo blisters or scabs over because it could delay healing. To relieve itching, which may last for a few days, you can use Vaseline or Aloe Vera gel.

Hot showers and baths should also be avoided for at least two hours following the treatment since they could aggravate the region. Last but not least, be careful not to hit the treated region when exercising, as it could irritate and slow the recovery process.

If you are looking to get your tattoo removed, look no further than CounterPunch Laser, Brisbane’s premier tattoo removal studio. Click here to book your appointment today.

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